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4.4 out of 5 stars
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on 26 February 2014
This is a story of survival. It's a pity that most of her problems are self inflicted but you have to read this book to understand her situation. Bad choices in men seems to be her downfall and her mother Dorothy must share the blame. But whatever the lady's condition she gave her all when recording and performing live. Her music is her legacy to the world and her story needs to be told read.
I couldn't put it down and now have an almost complete collection of her recorded works and a better understanding of what it was like growing up fast in those troubled times of segregation. Jackie Wilson, Sam Cooke and her soul sister Aretha come alive as they inter-weave through her life and although it is not a totally happy 'Suzy Creamcheese' (as she puts it) life it 's real and tough. One of the best autobigraphies I've read..
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on 6 September 2015
bought mainly to read about her place in the blues genre but frankly she came across as a wasteful cow, and it put me off so i merely reference the names of the other greats she name drops in the book. Strangely she's not mentioned in their books!
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on 24 October 2011
I found the book very interesting,it gave an honest history of Etta's life,warts and all
and an insight into the black music scene of the late 50's and 60's.If you have not listened
to Etta you are missing a great talent who can sing rock,rythem&blues,blues & jazz.
I recommend this book and any of her recordings.
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on 18 June 2015
great
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on 12 May 2012
I really enjoyed this book ; I read it every lunch break and bedtime until I finished it. The photos were great too. It seemed like a very honest autobiography by the singer. Fantastic !
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on 1 September 2015
Great read entertainingly ghost written. What a life.
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on 3 November 2014
Fantastic, fantastic, fantastic! Her story is fascinating and this is really well written!
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on 16 October 2014
revealing book well written
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on 8 February 2017
Honest, inspiring.....Love Etta James
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on 29 July 2013
It is a gift so not 'read' it. Seems to be a well written insight in to Ms James' life.
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